Tuesday Fun Day! (4/16/2013 Edition)

Tuesday Fun Day! (4/16/2013 Edition)

Hello librarians,

I'm back in New York and wishing you all a wonderful National Library Week! I'm wearing my very best yellow, plaid skirt and evergreen sweater combo in tribute to you.

In book news:

- The Man Booker Prize winning novel, BRING UP THE BODIES by Hilary Mantel, is one of six novels on the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist!

- CURSE OF THE JADE LILY by David Housewright is the winner of the 25th annual Minnesota Book Award for Genre Fiction! The honor is awarded by the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, the Saint Paul Public Library, and the City of Saint Paul. See the full list of award winners on Shelf Awareness

- And speaking of good books, Kirkus Reviews gave an exalting review of Wilton Barnhardt's latest novel, LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY

"Barnhardt’s fourth novel is a revelation: witty, savage and bighearted all at once, it is the Southern novel for the 21st century. [...] Barnhardt masterfully reimagines the Southern gothic: There is every kind of sordid deed committed, but there is also an abundance of humanity and grace." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Get whitelisted and download a review copy from Edelweiss now!

Finally we wish all the best for the victims, families, and friends of those affected by the bombings in Boston. We were relieved to hear that the Boston Public Library next to the finish line was closed on Monday in observance of Patriot’s Day. Stay safe, Boston friends.





Monday Fun Day! (2/4/2013 Edition)

Monday Fun Day! (2/4/2013 Edition)

Hello, librarian buds! We'reback in the office after ALA Midwinter and ready to talk about a bunch of great award nomination news. 

The 2013 nominees for the Left Coast Crime (a.k.a. Lefty) Award, which honors the best humorous mystery published during the previous year, have been annouced! The Macmillan nominees are:

SWIFT RUN by Laura DiSilverio


Also HUSH MONEY by Chuck Greaves has been shortlisted for the Rocky Award for best mystery novel set in the Left Coast Crime geographical region and DANDY GILVER AND AN UNSUITABLE DAY FOR A MURDER by Catriona McPherson is shortlisted for the Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award, which is given to mystery novels covering events before 1960!

Winners will be announced on March 23rd during the 23rd annual Left Coast Crime Convention in Colorado Springs, CO.

In other award news, Colin Cotterill's GRANDAD, THERE'S A HEAD ON THE BEACH was shortlisted for this year’s Dilys Award! See all of the nominees here

And again in award news, CURSE OF THE JADE LILY by David Housewright is up for the Genre Fiction Minnesota Book Award this year! See the rest of the cetegories and nominees here

In, um, dragon news, Publishers Weekly talked to Marie Brennan, author of A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS, about—you guessed it—dragons! Read "Why Do Dragons Look Like That?" on PublishersWeekly.com.